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Solvent-free microwave-assisted synthesis of tenorite nanoparticle-decorated multi-walled carbon nanotubes / Jennifer A. Rudd; Cathren E. Gowenlock; Virginia Gomez; Ewa Kazimierska; Abdullah M. Al-Enizi; Enrico Andreoli; Andrew R. Barron

Journal of Materials Science & Technology, Volume: 35, Issue: 6, Pages: 1121 - 1127

Swansea University Author: Rudd, Jennifer

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 11th January 2020

Abstract

Copper-decorated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have important applications as precursors for ultra-conductive copper wires. Tenorite-decorated CNTs (CuO-CNTs) are ideal candidate and are currently used in laborious processes. For this reason, we have developed a facile and scalable method for the synthesi...

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Published in: Journal of Materials Science & Technology
ISSN: 10050302
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa48309
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Abstract: Copper-decorated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have important applications as precursors for ultra-conductive copper wires. Tenorite-decorated CNTs (CuO-CNTs) are ideal candidate and are currently used in laborious processes. For this reason, we have developed a facile and scalable method for the synthesis of CuO-CNTs from copper acetate. It was found that the optimal loading of copper acetate onto the CNTs was 23.1 wt% and that three 1-minute microwave treatments were sufficient for the decomposition of copper acetate to copper oxide. The loading of copper oxide onto the nanotubes was confirmed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The materials were characterised using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.
Keywords: microwave-assisted synthesis, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, tenorite, nanoparticle
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 6
Start Page: 1121
End Page: 1127